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HFMA Announces Awards for Best Healthcare Finance Articles

The recipients of the Best Article Award for outstanding editorial achievement in hfm magazine in fiscal year 2016 were announced by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in the July issue of the magazine.

The three winners are “Implementing Post-Acute Networks to Support Your Bundled Payment Program,” by Sheldon Hamburger, principal consultant, The Aristone Group, Arlington, Va., published in the October 2015 hfm Early Edition (a monthly e-newsletter); “Reengineering the Healthcare Claims Management Work Flow,” April Langford, CEO, Ovation Revenue Cycle Services, and vice president, finance, revenue cycle innovation, UPMC, Pittsburgh, and Frances Voelker, senior director, revenue cycle, UPMC, Pittsburgh, published in the September 2015 hfm Early Edition; and “Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: A Major Step Toward Population Health Management,” by Phyllis Floyd, MD, senior advisor, BDC Advisors, LLC, Miami, published in the January 2016 issue of hfm.

“As a peer-reviewed magazine that provides in-depth coverage of key finance topics, hfm is viewed as indispensable by many healthcare finance leaders,” said HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, upon being notified of the awards. “I congratulate all three winners for being the best of the best.”

The challenges hospitals face in assuming responsibility for post-acute care costs while generally having little experience in that area are addressed in Hamburger’s article, which also offers lessons that can be applied by hospitals that are just getting started with bundled payments.

In the article written by Langford and Voelker, UPMC’s experience with accelerating the claims cycle is analyzed to provide strategies for focusing resources on the activities that matter most to the bottom line. The organization credits its success to automation and continuous performance improvement, as well as identifying and correcting inefficiencies to become a better partner with health plans.

Floyd’s article analyzes the potential, challenges, and strategies for integrating behavioral health into population health programs, which can enhance compliance with preventive care, help engage patients in self-management, and decrease emergency department visits and inpatient admissions.

Winners of the Helen Yerger/L. Vann Seawell Best Articles award are selected by a panel of five healthcare leaders who review each article published in hfm. Articles are judged on the writer’s demonstration of technical quality and writing skills, and contributions to the literature of healthcare finance. Winners from each of the past three years are available at

hfm magazine is distributed as a benefit of HFMA membership. The current issue may be viewed at

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About HFMA

With more than 40,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation’s premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. Working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, HFMA identifies gaps throughout the healthcare delivery system and bridges them through the establishment and sharing of knowledge and best practices. The Association helps healthcare stakeholders achieve optimal results by creating and providing education, analysis, and practical tools and solutions. Its mission is to lead the financial management of health care.


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